Saturday’s walk-off victory was thrilling and a huge emotional boost, but it didn’t come without a cost. Before Xander Bogaerts did the damn thing, the story of the game was Boston losing another starting pitcher to a potential injury. Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright are already on the disabled list, and then Eduardo Rodriguez appeared to suffer an ankle injury in a collision with baserunner Lourdes Gurriel. Well, the injury will keep him out for at least a little while, as the team placed the lefty on the ten-day disabled list prior to Sunday’s game. Brian Johnson, Sunday’s starter, takes Rodriguez’ spot on the roster as he returns from the disabled list.
The #RedSox today activated LHP Brian Johnson from the 10-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club placed LHP Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 15, 2018
As the tweet above states, the injury is currently being called an ankle sprain, though we don’t have all of the information yet. We do know that he appeared to turn it fairly severely when he hit the ground following the aforementioned collision, and we know that he underwent X-Rays after leaving. The good news is that those came back negative. The bad news is that we don’t yet know the result of any MRI or other tests. There is still the possibility of damage to the ligaments or other parts of the foot. I am not a doctor, so I will not speculate on what the issue could possibly be.
Now, it’s not definite that this is major, either. The other tests could come back and we could learn that it’s just a sprain. That’s clearly not nothing, but its the best-case scenario at this point. The other piece of good news here is that his knee does not appear to be affected. If you’ll recall, Rodriguez has had many issues with the knee in the past. For now, Johnson is back in the rotation and Rodriguez will be held out until at least July 24. With the All-Star break right on the horizon, it’s still an outside shot that Rodriguez could even make his next scheduled start. All we can do now, however, is just wait to hear more information as it comes out.